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A 31-year-old female asked:

When is the best time to take the flu shot ? what month is the best month to get it ?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
October is ideal: The strains of influenza vary year to year. Vaccine for each flu season is designed in the spring and becomes available in September or October. Vaccination should be before winter, when flu is most frequent. Hence usually mid-late September through October and for sure by December. In the future, there may be an effective vaccine against all flu strains, with no need for new vaccine every year.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
myths to ignore : that the vaccine wears off if taken "too early" facts to understand: the present vaccines do not protect against every flu strain every year, but it is the best we have
Sep 17, 2019

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